I went for a short hike with Toni this morning, to Santa Ysabel Creek at the entrance to Boden Canyon. I wanted to see and photograph the flowing creek again – last time that was possible was in 2012 (two blog posts: color, added in 2016, and the original post with black & white photos) and in the following four years, the drought left the creek entirely dry.
It seemed that the rather extreme rain event at the end of February made the creek swell enormously, and a lot of debris (and water;-) made it impossible to get to the position(s) that I had wanted to photograph (some aftermath of this rain event is documented in this blog post: Spring along the San Dieguito River).
Essentially, my options would have been to either wade through the water and soft sand bare footed (not very tempting, who knows what’s hidden in the sand), or to find a way through thickets of poison-oak along the creek’s banks (not exactly an option).
I still found a spot to make a photo that I like, and after admiring some magnificent oaks and resting in their shade, we hiked back. Maybe if we get some cooler days in April, I’ll hike the entire length of the canyon again.
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